Yesterday we learned that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, of the raising the price of EpiPens from about $100 in 2007 to about $600 today Bresches, had been involved in an unrelated controversy years earlier that was similar to the EpiPen one in that once again, she came off like an a$$hole. Quaint compared to the one in which she decided to massively up the price of a lifesaving product, this one pertained to whether or not Bresch earned a Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia University. Bresch said she did, the university said she didn't then said she did, then said she didn't. A panel to get to the bottom of the whole thing was formed, three high-ranking officials resigned, and WVU ultimately concluded that Bresch did not earn an MBA from the school, but was weirdly nice enough to put it out there that maybe, in an alternate universe, the whole thing could've been the result of a misunderstanding rather than outright lie. The best part, though, is that as of 2015-- and maybe still today?-- Bresch has claimed:
1. There was no misunderstanding.
2. She essentially earned an MBA so what's the big deal.
3. She'd still be fighting this fight if not for other, more pressing matters (like making people take out second mortgages to buy EpiPens so their kids don't die from accidentally eating a peanut).
Not only had it cost her the degree, but at least three school officials, including the president, lost their jobs—even though the courses Bresch was supposed to have attended had taken place a decade earlier. At the time of the scandal, Bresch had just been promoted to COO of Mylan; she became CEO in 2012. The university’s investigation had cleared Bresch of intentionally lying about fulfilling her coursework a decade earlier, saying in its report: “Taking the most charitable view of this claim, the Panel believes there may well have been a misunderstanding.” Bresch, however, disputed that assertion when we spoke last summer. “I don’t subscribe to it was a misunderstanding on my part,” she said. “But I certainly to this day believe I did everything I needed to do to get my degree. “So I have not backed down from that. What I backed down from was continuing to fight because I thought enough damage had already been done,” she continued. “Obviously it was a hurtful situation for everybody involved and I would hate that that happened. But I don’t subscribe that it was a misunderstanding. I think it wasn’t handled, and a lot of things compromised it not being handled the right way.”